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3:45 AM ET, January 22, 2008


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The Politico:
The Clinton-Obama exchange  —  CNN is providing transcript, and the full transcript of their first exchange is after the jump.  —  It began with this line from Obama, on his taxing and spending plans: “What she said wasn't true."  —  MODERATOR: She says that the new programs that she proposes she essentially
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bill Clinton jabs playing well with voters  —  So maybe Bill Clinton isn't quite so far off-message as we had assumed.  —  After two weeks of reports on the former president's temper, the former first lady's supposed inability to keep him on script, and the ostensibly dire impact on his legacy …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
INITIAL POST-DEBATE TAKE...OBAMA IS THE FOCUS  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  This was easily the most heated debate to date.  The candidates, particularly Obama and Clinton were, well, angry and it got personal.  Obama, in particular, seemed to have a lot he wanted to get off his chest.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Hillary Adviser Wolfson: Obama's Claim That Bill Is Fibbing Is A …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Obama calls Bill Clinton untruthful
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Remarks on Reagan Live On
CNN readers respond angrily to ‘race or gender’ story  —  (CNN) — Within minutes of posting a story on CNN's homepage called “Gender or race: Black women voters face tough choices in South Carolina,” readers reacted quickly and angrily.  —  Many took umbrage at the story's suggestion …
Clinton-Obama barbs dominate S.C. debate  —  MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — Discussions about proposals on the economy and health care were overshadowed by heated exchanges between rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during Monday night's Democratic debate.
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Tangle at Debate  —  In the most intense and personal exchange of the presidential campaign, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama assailed each other's integrity and voting records during a televised debate on Monday in South Carolina, the site of a critical primary in five days.
Rick Klein / Political Radar:   Live-Blogging from Democratic Debate by Rick Klein
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
“Who Let The Dogs Out?"  Mitt Romney Wants To Know  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — Mitt Romney was greeted warmly by a largely African-American crowd at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade in Jacksonville.  He shook hands with several dozen parade-goers and even hugged a few of them.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Martin Luther King III to John Edwards: I challenge all candidates …
Rick Perlstein / Today's Ideas & Actions:
Perlstein'S Greatest Hits (6): Conservatives And Martin Luther King
Discussion: White House, The Swamp and Sadly, No!
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New York Republican Presidential Primary  —  New York: McCain 26% Giuliani 20% Romney 13%  —  When Rudy Giuliani and his campaign team came up with the strategy to skip the early states and wait until Florida before entering the fray, they probably never expected to be trailing in New York State.
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Don Surber
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Voters Revolt  —  The Reagan administration had its pragmatists …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Eunomia
Zogby New York Poll: McCain Leads Rudy in Giuliani's Home State
Discussion: Marist Poll
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS  —  It's hard for me to think of much good from this debate.  If you view debates like a boxing match, I guess it was lively and perhaps entertaining, in the sense that a good boxing match can be, though the fighting was more intense than well executed.
New York Post:
BILL HAS A ‘DREAM’  —  EX PREZ NODS OFF DURING MLK AWARD PRESENTATION  —  Bill Clinton showed yesterday why he made it into the book “The Art of Napping."  —  During an appearance at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, the former president was caught nodding off.
Hugh Hewitt /
McCain's Straight Talk For Florida: There Are Some Homes That Won't Be Coming Back  —  Taking a page from his Michigan strategy, John McCain lets Florida homeowners know he won't be there for them the next time an Andrew comes ashore: … UPDATE:  —  Politico's Jonathan Martin adds on the insurance issue:
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   McCain Woos Cuban Vote
Michelle Malkin:
SC Democrat debate: Punch, Judy, and Silky; Update: Squabbling, mud-slinging, the gloves are off!  —  Update 10:55pm Eastern.  I agree with every word of this: … As I noted below, Hillary's answer to the question about whether she wants to end the war or win it (she channeled Cindy Sheehan's …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE FED-UP FEMALE....Reader Mary S. emails to echo something that I've heard from more than a few women:
Discussion: Corrente and The Democratic Daily
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Despite Blog Support, Flake Bid a Long-shot  —  Every so often, the liberal or conservative blogospheres will get excited and mobilized to make something happen that probably never will.  Such is the case with the growing movement to get Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake (R) onto the House Appropriations Committee.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEBATE BLOGGIN'  —  8:23 Economy, economy, e-c-o-n-o-m-y ...  8:24 “You gave a great speech..."  —  8:29 PM ... Man, this can degenerate pretty quickly, can't it?  Each side got in a couple really low blows there.  I still think Hillary is just intentionally misrepresenting what Obama said about Reagan.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Scarlett Johansson boosts morale in Kuwait  —  If anyone has wondered what can make a battle hardened Marine act like a love-struck high-schooler, the answer is simple—a meet and greet with Scarlett Johansson.  —  The 23-year-old bombshell met with nearly 600 service members at Camp Buehring …
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The Plank:
Electability!  —  In the Washington Post yesterday …
New York Times:
The Democratic Debate in South Carolina
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some fact-checking: GOP ideas, Rezko, boons
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Fact Check
Goldy / HorsesAss.Org:
Clark County GOP smears Obama
Discussion: Slog
Aneesh Raman / CNN:
Bin Laden's son to father: Change your ways
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
New York Times:
Crossing Mayor Giuliani Often Had a Price
Discussion: TalkLeft
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Video: Tensions Finally Boil Over Between Hillary And Obama
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Marc Ambinder:
Fertile In Myrtle  —  Clinton and Obama, two heavyweight boxers …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The barbarians are in the backyard
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Discussion: News Hounds
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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